College football rankings: FIU crashes in The Bottom 25 after 73-point loss to Western Kentucky

25. ULM 2-2 The Warhawks picked up a big win against their Louisiana State rival on Saturday, beating the Ragin’ Cajuns 21-17. It sparked a four-game losing streak against their neighbors and put the Warhawks in sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt West, but it wasn’t enough to get them out of The Bottom 25. (Last week: 10) 24.Nevada 2-3 OK, so I didn’t think Nevada would have two more wins than Colorado State at this point. I’m sure there are plenty of fans in Reno, Nevada reveling in Jay Norvell’s struggles with the Rams, but the Wolf Pack have lost three straight games since starting 2-0 and are getting in for the first time this season The Bottom 25 a . And guess who they’re playing against this week? That’s right, state of Colorado! (Not rated) 23.Ohio 2-2 Ohio won a wild game against Fordham, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to avoid the upset in a 59-52 win. The teams combined for 1,332 yards and 1,040 passing yards in the game. They also combined penalties for 228 yards. It was incredible stuff. Not enough to get the Bobcats out of The Bottom 25, but still incredible. (20) 22. Northern Illinois 1-3 Last season, Northern Illinois went 7-3 in one-score games. After losing 31-23 to Kentucky on Saturday, they are 2-1 in one bosses games this season, and their third loss was just 10 against Vanderbilt. This team is designed to keep things close. So don’t expect this week’s game to be in the No. 15 Ball State out of control. (23) 21. State of Arkansas 1-3 Butch Jones and Arkansas State make their poll debut after losing 29-26 at Old Dominion. It’s the Red Wolves’ third straight loss after opening the season with a win over Grambling, and it was also their third straight road game. They return home on Saturday to take on No. 25 ULM. (NO) 20. UTEP 2-3 One of the funniest aspects of college football is that UTEP has already played five games while others have only played three. Anyway, the Miners won two out of three after beating Boise State 27-10, but they didn’t manage to be eliminated from the poll. A win against No. 7 Charlotte on Saturday would probably do the trick. (13) 19th Navy 1-2 I said a few weeks ago that Navy might struggle to get a win this year. Well it got one. The Midshipmen defeated East Carolina 23-20 in overtime and things are looking a little better than after the first two games. And just in time, because the race for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy against the Air Force starts this weekend. You know, the one team in Colorado that’s good. (5) 18. Louisiana Tech 1-3 It’s never great when you only win against an FCS team and your three FBS losses have averaged 26.7 points each. The Bulldogs will look to use this week’s reunion to figure things out. (24) 17. Buffalo 1-3 The Bulls got on the board with a big 50-31 win over Eastern Michigan to open conference play. That gets them out of the bottom 10, but it’s not nearly enough to get them out of the poll altogether. Now Buffalo must prepare to face a Miami OH team that defeated the Northwest on Saturday night. (6) 16. Bowling Green 1-3 Not many people gave Bowling Green a chance against Mississippi State, and the Falcons showed us why. The Bulldogs rode to an easy 45-14 win over the Falcons, but life will be a lot easier this week when Bowling Green is back on track to face No. 6 Akron. (22) 15. Ball condition 1-3 The MAC is simply Non-Stop Bottom 25 Showdowns this week. The Cardinals drop four spots in the poll this week after leading 34-23 over the Fightin’ Clay Heltons of Georgia Southern. This week they get #22 Northern Illinois. (19) 14.Georgia Tech 1-3 Geoff Collins became the third Power Five coach to lose his job before October, with the Yellow Jackets losing 27-10 at UCF. They always knew that transitioning away from an option offensive was going to be difficult, but there should be signs of improvement in Season Four. There was none. The post-Collins era begins in Pitt on Saturday. (fifteen) 13. South Florida 1-3 Two weeks ago, the Bulls were stuck with Florida, and you thought maybe this team was turning a corner. Then they went to Louisville and got wiped out 41-3. Now I have no idea what to expect, but this week they face Team Navy from East Carolina. (25) 12. State of Utah 1-3 Utah State could rise from Mountain West Champion to Bottom 25 Playoff Team. The Aggies lost to UNLV 34-24 this weekend but played well enough to move up from 7th to 12th. Now they face a brief reversal before taking on BYU on Thursday night in Provo, Utah. (7) 11. State of Georgia 0-4 The Panthers are one of only three remaining winless teams, but the fact that they rank outside of the top 10 is an indicator that they’re unlikely to remain winless. While losing to Charlotte is a season-long regret, there’s no shame in losing to South Carolina, North Carolina, or Coastal Carolina. The good news is they aren’t playing a team from one of the Carolinas this weekend. The bad news is they play Army. (9) 10. Western Michigan 1-3 Aside from a 37-30 win over No. 15 Ball State in Week 2, the Broncos have been outplayed 103-32 in their other three games. Not good! I expect they’ll get another win against New Hampshire this week, which will take them out of the top 10, but not far off. (16) 9. UConn 1-4 It says a lot about UConn that rank 9 in The Bottom 25 so late in the season counts as progress. The Huskies are still not very good, being beaten by much better teams, but there are signs of progress. You have to search a long time to find them, but they are there! (11) 8. State of New Mexico 1-4 The Aggies got their first win over the weekend, beating Hawaii 45-26. Unfortunately, beating Hawaii will only improve your rating that much. Ditto for a potential win against FIU No. 2 this week. (2) 7.Charlotte 1-4 The 49ers couldn’t take the momentum from that win over Georgia State. However, it should be noted that Charlotte hung with South Carolina for a half-time and was only 20-14 down at halftime. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off after that as the Gamecocks put 22 points on the board in the third quarter and cruised from there. (12) 6. Acron 1-3 Akron had a much better time against Liberty than in blowout losses to Michigan State and Tennessee, but the result was the same: a 21-12 loss. Perhaps the Zips will win against No. 16 Bowling Green. (8th) 5. Umass 1-3 UMass lives this independent life to the fullest. His only win was against FCS Stony Brook, which was the team’s only home game up to that point. His losses to Tulane, Toledo and Temple are all on the road, and the Minutemen will be back on the road this week to take on Eastern Michigan. (14) 4. Hawaii 1-4 Hawaii came to the mainland and lost a winnable game in the state of New Mexico. The good news for the Rainbow Warriors is that there are still many winnable games on the schedule, although I don’t know if this week’s game at San Diego State qualifies. (4) 3. Colorado 0-4 I mentioned that Geoff Collins was the third Power Five coach to lose his job. Well I would go with Karl Dorrell if you want to find out who will be the fourth and don’t want to make the obvious choice in Bryan Harsin. The Buffs have been stamped 45-17 by UCLA and if they lose in Arizona this week there is a significant chance that team will be winless. (3) 2. FIU 1-2 There’s no way to reverse a 73-0 loss to Western Kentucky, but the Panthers jump from 17th to 2nd this week, in part due to a lack of sample size. They’ve only played three games so a 73-0 loss carries a lot of weight right now! This week, the Panthers have a massive game at No. 8 New Mexico State. (17) 1. State of Colorado 0-4 When you lose to an FCS program like Sacramento State, that’s one thing. It happens. We see it every year. The little one bites the bigger one. What we don’t see every year is FBS teams losing to FCS teams by a score of 41-10. The Rams weren’t even competitive. Now they’re getting the grudge play against #24 Nevada in The Bottom 25 Game of the Century of the Week. (1) College football rankings: FIU crashes in The Bottom 25 after 73-point loss to Western Kentucky

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